Tennishead’s guide to Wimbledon 2022 – 4 British women to watch out for
Every year, for two weeks in late June and early July, the sporting world (not just the tennis world) creates an intense focus on a small group of battle hardened tennis professionals like no other sports stars will ever experience. We look at four British women with the best chance of success at Wimbledon 2022
Being a British tennis player at Wimbledon is not for the faint-hearted and it’s only the professionalism of the individual and solid support from coaches, family and friends that can steer them through unscathed.
But if you can deal with this Wimbledon pressure and perform at your best then the rewards on offer are out of this world. (Just ask Sir Andy’s accountant)
This year, thanks to some good long term planning from the British tennis organisers, there is a strong crop of regulars playing their best tennis in years alongside new names who are starting to make it on the Tour. Here we pick 4 female players that could either turn back the clock and produce performances that we know they are capable or players that might surprise some doubters and perform better than their experience suggests.
This young player will be the name on everyone’s lips this year as she comes into the tournament as the current darling of British tennis thanks to her astonishing (and yes we are still astonished) triumph at the US Open in 2021.
Raducanu’s form hasn’t been quite as stunning as in New York but she’s been playing a lot of matches and learning her craft at the same time as dealing with the incessant focus of the media (yes that includes Tennishead!) and the stresses and strains put on her body.
She’s still the best chance that a British woman has of lifting the title but to be more realistic, a run to the quarter finals or better would be a great achievement, and then who knows…
Relatively unknown but showing some real grass court form, this motivated player has been through a lot to reach the stage of her career she finds herself at, and she certainly won’t give it up without a battle.
After two ankle surgeries there is little to doubt her commitment and she certainly is enjoying her tennis especially on grass, so if she can draw a big name in the first round who hasn’t had much grass practise, then Burrage can cause a shock.
Like Norrie, Indian Wells was a breakthrough event for this North Londoner. She’s also admitted to being very happy both on court and off which makes life on the tough tennis tour much more bearable.
On court, Dart won’t give up on anything and whilst she doesn’t posses the weapons of others her consistency and spirit have taken her a long way. She says the British crowd inspires her and she’ll certainly enjoy their support over the next two weeks.
The wild card of our picks due to her lack of play over the past few years thanks to serious injuries. But Boulter has all the pieces of the puzzle to make it a long way on the grass of Wimbledon. She’s tall (5ft 11), has a big game, is totally committed on court and knows how to win having been as high as 82 on the WTA Tour.
Is this tournament just a little too early in her comeback to get a proper idea of her potential? Maybe, but the adrenaline of playing in front of an adoring crowd could give her that boost she needs. Recent strong wins in the warm up tournaments mean she comes into Wimbledon feeling positive.
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